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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Independence District Curriculum
Independence Community School District follows the Iowa Core Curriculum with a fully aligned curriculum for every content area from grades K-12. The district has Subject Area Committees (SAC) that are composed of K-12 teachers who review, revise, and oversee the implementation of the curriculum in their content area and grade level. The teachers in SAC undergo an extensive process to analyze the effectiveness of what is currently being taught in the classroom based on the Iowa Core.
Each Subject Area Committee writes Grade Level Expectations (GLE’s) that are broken down into two units of study throughout the year. Within the GLEs are components, which are the smaller concepts students are expected to understand. For instance, in Reading, the expectations might include demonstrating understanding of the thematic intent of a piece of literature or in Writing students are expected to show that they are able to analyze a text and how the author created meaning in their work.
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Independence District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs
Independence Community School District serves the communities of Independence, Brandon, and Rowley. The district follows the Iowa Core Standards which gives detailed learning objectives in five areas: Literacy, Social Studies, Math, Science, and 21st Century Skills. The Iowa Core Standards breaks down each of these subjects by grade level and topic so that teachers are all using the same series of objectives for all students. Students are well-supported in the goal of achieving these standards through special education services, interventions, and the work of reading and math specialists.
We currently cover the following Independence-area school district: Independence Community School District.
Keeping Informed: Recent Independence Educational News
- Independence Community School District Gives Some TLC to Teachers - Independence Community School District has been given the Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) Grant for the 2016-17 school year. The grant rewards high-quality teachers with leadership opportunities and increases in pay, looks to attract new teachers with competitive starting salaries and support for their career, and encourages greater collaboration to allow teachers to learn from one another.
- Preventing Bullying By 'Living the Mustang Way' - Students at East Elementary wore blue on October 5th in order to raise awareness of Bullying Prevention. On this day, the students were taught about the importance of being upstanders (as opposed to bystanders) by all students taking a stand against bullying actions and behaviors. This idea of standing up against bullying is reinforced in the school’s Living the Mustang Way system, in which adults write positive referrals for students when they witness good behavior.
- Sixth Graders Engage in Team-Building - Independence’s sixth graders recently went on a field trip to Camp EWALU, where they participated in seven team-building challenges that centered on the skills of communication, listening, and collaboration. Activities included students using strings connected to a bungee cord to carry small logs out of a toxic waste area, trusting their partners to catch them when they closed their eyes and fell backwards into their arms, and even zip lining (optional). The challenging activities required students to persevere in completing the challenges, encourage one another, and even overcome fears.
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Chalk Talk: Children's Literature
Children's and young adult literature offer children some of their earliest life lessons and give them a way to understand the world, its myths, its truths, and its possibilities. The Ugly Stepsisters, written and illustrated by contributors from Walt Disney, gives children a story from Cinderella’s life after the original in which she meets Prince Charming. In the story, Cinderella’s evil stepsisters and stepmother try to sabotage Cinderella’s party in which she would be inviting “important people.” They later learn that they are the important people. In the end, they are the ones being laughed at. The Red Book tells the story of a boy who finds a red book in the snow. The book is magical, as it allows him to create his very own adventures and even go inside the book.